Last week the daily routine for the day job was disrupted by a five-day workshop held in Sydney, Australia. While I did not have the opportunity to travel to the land down under, it was possible to participate remotely and learn some interesting details about what sorts of objectives the company will shoot for in order to provide customers with effective learning tools. When it comes to student software, I'm completely in the dark about what works and what people need as I've yet to find any company do this well. A lot of companies have released digital versions of textbooks or online learning resources, but the friction that is associated with them rubs me the wrong way.
However, with the workshop over, it's time to get back to the regular day-to-day. This will involve a great deal of pressure to accomplish two months of work in the next four weeks plus anything urgent that pops up between now and the end of the working year. Believe it or not, I'm actually looking forward to getting back to the grindstone. There are a number of time consuming activities that need to be out the door by the end of the week, including a thorough examination of the new LMS and its disaster recovery plan.
Not a week goes by where I don't wish I were doing something different but, when push comes to shove, there are very few places in the world that can offer the challenges and opportunities that I contend with now.